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Library Services

Borrowing material from the Library

Library visitors can borrow physical resources (books, DVDs, posters, kits etc.) using their valid student/staff/faculty card.  Community members are issued a separate Harris Learning Library card.

Electronic resources (E-Resources) can be accessed by any current student, staff or faculty member by using your network login credentials.  Members of the community can access licensed electronic resources from designated workstations in the library.  Open Access resources are available to everyone.

You can borrow items for the following time periods:

  • Books - 120 days
  • Kits, Posters and Puppets - 28 days
  • Media (DVDs, audiobooks, etc.) - 14 days

Items may also be requested through Resource Sharing / Interlibrary Loan.


Both the Harris Learning Library (main campus) and the Commerce Court Library offer a variety of in-person services, including those listed below.

Harris Learning Library
  • Research help and resources including books, kits, DVDs, audiobooks, puppets and more - please contact the Service Desk (705-474-3450 x 4222) for details
  • Study rooms (first come, first served)
  • Desktop computers (Windows only)
  • Free WiFi
  • Photocopying and printing in both black and white (10 cents/pg), and colour (50 cents/pg), is available in the Learning Commons.  Payment is made by loading money on your student / staff card from either the self serve machine in the Learning Commons or at the Circulation Desk.
  • Self-serve flatbed scanner (max. size 11 x 14)
  • Microfilm / microfiche reader and printer
  • VHS / DVD viewing station
Commerce Court Library
  • General assistance (also available remotely) - please phone 705-474-7601x 5614 during open hours for questions, borrowing or searching assistance
  • Desktop computers (Windows only) 
  • Printing (Black and White) is available for free.  There are no photocopiers in the Library.
  • Self-serve flatbed scanner (max. size 8.5 x 12)
  • VHS / DVD viewing station

Remote / Virtual

If you are outside of North Bay, or unable to come to campus, Library staff can still help you in the following ways:

  • Research help (also available in-person) - please contact the Service Desk (705-474-3450 x 4221) for details 
  • Distance Education assistance for current students and faculty who do not live within commuting distance of the Harris Learning Library and are not attending or teaching a course delivered through face-to-face instruction on a North Bay campus. 
  • Resource Sharing / Interlibrary Loans service is available   
  • Access to E-Books and online databases through the OMNI search engine - select  Library Search


You can renew your materials online by selecting "My Library Account" from the Menu drop down in Library Search, by phone at 705.474.3450 x 4222, or in person. Please note that you may not be able to renew an item if the book is overdue, someone has requested it, or if you have outstanding fines.

Holds / Requests

If you would like to borrow an item that is currently not signed out, you can request the item from within Library Search

Fines & Fees

If an item is 30 days past its due date, you will be charged a $125 Replacement Charge for the item.

All accounts with more than $30 in fines will be blocked.  Patrons with a blocked account will no longer be able to borrow items from the Library until their total fines are brought below the $30 limit.

Paying Library Charges

Any Library charges can be paid at the Service Desk by cash or cheque (made payable to the Harris Learning Library) only.  If you wish to make a payment by debit, please contact the Overdues Technician at 705.474.3450 x 4570 for details.